Is it a coincidence that May's latest controversial announcement came straight after Paul Dacre's lavish 25th anniversary celebrations?by Patience Wheatcroft / November 11, 2017 / Leave a comment
The day after attending the lavish party to celebrate Paul Dacre’s 25 years as editor of the Daily Mail, Theresa May announced that she was enshrining Britain’s departure date from the EU in the legislation now going through Parliament. Perhaps the timing is mere coincidence but the prime minister listens to no one more intently than she listens to the man who, only last month in a Mail editorial, accused the Chancellor of “treachery.”
Her decision to party with the hard-right Dacre, just hours after a second Cabinet minister had resigned and her government appeared to be imploding, was a clear demonstration of how Mrs May is in thrall to—or in fear of—the tabloid. Her declaration the following day that at 11pm on March 29, 2019 the UK’s membership of the EU would end and she would not “tolerate” any attempt to block Brexit is exactly what Dacre would want to hear.